That might sound silly. But prolonged, morning-to-bedtime sitting—doctors call it sedentary living—has been shown by researchers to play a significant role in many of the most troublesome health issues of our time, from obesity and heart disease to diabetes to depression.

Think about your typical day. Add up two hours for meals, eight hours or more driving at work, up to five hours watching TV, and seven hours sleeping. That adds up to 23 out of 24 hours off your feet. We would guess that there are millions of Americans who spend as little as an hour being up and moving briskly during a typical day.

Get Up & Move
Until recently, experts considered the antidote to sitting disease to be formal exercise sessions. But new research is turning that thinking on its head. As it turns out, just being up and about throughout the day can be healthier for you than doing a rigorous workout and sitting the rest of the time. It makes sense, when you think about how we used to live, walking and working all day.

This new thinking is important. It means that if you can live with greater vitality throughout your day, you can get all the health benefits, and more, than people working out in a gym but otherwise being inactive.

4 Everyday Habits

1. Walk faster
2. Talk on phone while standing or walking when possible
3. Have conversation with other drivers while walking
4. Take a minute to stretch

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